Now in the Senate, they are still on the floor debating this bill in the Appropriations committee. They're more than 2.5 hours late because of a debate on a school safety bill.
#AZLeg the state senate is still debating a school safety bill about school safety - they've been discussing this one since this morning. Appropriations Committee hearing on budget bills won't start until this ends. pic.twitter.com/ZVObX5Pueh
The K-12 funding bill includes $273 million for teacher raises that would go to districts before next school year. That includes $100 million in discretionary money for districts to spend on buildings, busses, or classroom needs.
Governor Ducey says this is how he will get the money:
First, he says an improving economy, paired with state government running more efficiently will be most the money.
Beyond that: lower Medicaid costs will help create budget room.
The state also expects to get $22 million from Medicaid drug rebates
It plans to levy a higher hospital assessment fee to create another $30 million
This plan gives teachers a 10 percent raise for next year but doesn't meet their other demands. It only gives raises to teachers with a class roster, leaving out staff and art teachers.
"I don't think it meets it yet, no absolutely not, but I think It's a step in the right direction," said Jennifer Valentine, a teacher in the Sunnyside School District. "But this is only a start we have to keep going after this."
"And what I want to know is if I'm not a teacher why does it say art education on my master's degree," said Lianna Potrikus, an art teacher.